Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, April 11: Sowing Seeds

Basic Gardening – Seed Starting: Grow flowers, vegetables and herbs from seeds for pennies (and nickels and dimes). Master gardeners show you the basics to expand your garden with seeds and you’ll take home a few Green Spring seeds to start your own collection. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Friday:

Rockhounders: Kids ages 6 to 12 join naturalist Kyle for the popular camp that is now a spring series. The hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Six sessions. $36/child. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind”: An underground New York favorite, the eccentric Neo-Futurists race against the clock to perform 30 miniature plays in 60 breathless minutes. With a menu of vignettes ranging from zany to risqué to profound, it’s a perfect interactive evening. Each act is performed in a random order guided in part by loudly shouting audience members. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $20/person, $17/senior or student. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

 Saturday, April 12: Blooming Bluebells

Bluebells at the Bend Festival: Bring the whole family for a day of springtime fun — the Virginia bluebells are blooming. These native wildflowers carpet the forests, putting on a spectacular display. Enjoy wagon rides, face painting, wildflower walks, live animals, music and a moon bounce. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. $5/person; ages 2 and under are free. Pay at site. For information call 703-759-9018.

Also on Saturday:

Succulent Plant Care and Propagation: Learn about succulent plant types, which are hardy or tender for our growing area, how to care for and propagate them and get some creative container ideas for growing your collection. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $18/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Earth Day Celebration: Celebrate Earth Day by learning about the changing environment, composting and other green practices. End the celebration by recycling household materials into fun new items. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Tasting Party – Umami Means “Delicious”: Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with the fifth taste that’s fundamental to Japanese cuisine. Explore the savory taste of umami, its history, health benefits and the taste research science behind it. From 10 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. $30/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-7987.

Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill: Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures during one of four 45-minute time slots. From 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the grounds of Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Ages 2 to 9; separate hunts for age groups. $6/child. Registration required; sign up for time slots online. For information call 703-759-2771.

Native Plants: What can your garden and George Washington's have in common? Let Green Spring master gardeners help you find out. Discuss Virginia native plants and why we should we plant them in our gardens. Examples of perennials, wildflowers, trees and shrubs native to woodlands, meadows and wetlands in Virginia will be presented. Pick up some tips and some Virginia history too. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Martha Washington Library (Room 104A/B). Adults. Free, register online. For information call 703-768-6700.

Easter Egg Hunt at Sully Historic Site: Bring your baskets and hunt for Easter eggs. Participate in an egg roll, visit baby animals and make an Easter craft. From 1 to 3 p.m. with hunts starting at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Rain date is April13. Ages 2 to 7. $5/child. Wagon rides also available; $5/person. Reservations required. For information and to register, call 703-437-1794.

“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”: Michael Rosen's award-winning book “We're Going on a Bear Hunt” is brought vividly and noisily to the stage. Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear. Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure — plus a few special surprises. From 2 to 3 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Ages 4 and up. $15/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

Workshop – Leaf-Stenciled Dyed Eggs: Celebrate spring by decorating eggs with botanic leaves. Use bright dye, leaves and stencil paint on hand-blown eggs for lush, leaf-patterned eggs. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 14 and up. $38/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

2nd Saturday Art Walk:Tour seven studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, experience ever-changing exhibits and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshments and music. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free admission. For information call 703-584-2900.

Campfire with Stories and Songs: Cozy up to the campfire and join the naturalist for a traditional sing-a-long. Listen to American Indian stories of how some animals came to be and enjoy s’mores. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

 Sunday, April 13: Egg-ceptional Fun !

Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax Park: Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures during a 45-minute hunt in age-specific time slots. From noon to 3 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park. $6/person. Register for time slots online. For information call 703-471-5415.


Also on Sunday:

Pro Musica Washington Concert: Composed of violinist Hidetaro Suzuki, pianist Zeyda Ruga Suzuki and guest artists, the ensemble's program will be highlighted by the Dvorak Piano Quintet. Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, Suzuki and his wife have played concerts all over the world and now enjoy promoting chamber music in Northern Virginia. From 3 to 4 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Free; no registration required. For information call 703-790-0123.

  • Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled. 
  • The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. Many more events and activities can be found at the Parks and Library pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website. Additionally, the towns of Herndon and Vienna as well as the city of Falls Church offer many arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities.  
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